We LOVE sensory bins. L.O.V.E. Here is a simple and fun Christmas themed sensory bin. Most of the items needed are probably things you already have on hand.
For this activity you’ll need:
- Container ( I use a large plastic container purchased at Target)
- Green rice (for how to color rice go HERE)
- Various Christmas related items. Think non breakable ornaments, gift bows, etc. I mostly used decorations off my tree that were non breakable. I found a darling Christmas tree at the dollar store that added greatly to this bin.
This activity helps:
- Promote learning through all 5 senses
- Build fine motor skills
- Teaches Christmas themes
- Teach colors, shapes, size, and texture
- Builds vocabulary
Add your rice to container and then all your Christmas item
First she played with the rice
Then she did some scooping and pouring (just use some measuring spoons or cups from your kitchen)
Sensory bins are great for learning new vocabulary words for young toddlers. When she picked up the gift bow, I told her it was a “bow” and she put it on her head because she though I meant a hair bow. It was too funny!
TIP: For an easy cleanup use a “mess mat”. We use a plastic shower curtain liner from the dollar store. You are able to to just dump the mess. Ours needs to be replaced, so we didn’t use one. The mess was not so bad, I just had to remind my daughter a few times that the rice stays in the bin.